This new Handbook gathers together state-of-the-art theoretical reflection and empirical research by a group of leading international scholars in the subdiscipline of Critical Security Studies.

In today’s globalised setting, the challenge of maintaining security is no longer limited to the traditional foreign-policy and military tools of the nation-state, and security and insecurity are no longer considered as dependent only upon geopolitics and military strength, but rather are also seen to depend upon social, economic, environmental, ethical models of analysis and tools of action. The contributors discuss and evaluate this fundamental shift in four key areas: 

  • New security concepts
  • New security subjects
  • New security objects 
  • New security practices

Offering a comprehensive theoretical and empirical overview of this evolving field, this book will be essential reading for all students of critical security studies, human security, international/global security, political theory and IR in general.

J. Peter Burgess is Research Professor at PRIO, the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, where he leads the Security Programme and edits the interdisciplinary journal Security Dialogue. In addition, he is Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (NTNU), and Research Fellow at the Institute for European Studies, Brussels.

chapter |4 pages


ByJ. Peter Burgess

part |54 pages

New Security Concepts

chapter |10 pages

Civilizational Security

ByBrett Bowden

chapter |10 pages


ByOliver Kessler

chapter |12 pages

Instruments of Insecurity

Small Arms and Contemporary Violence
ByKeith Krause

chapter |11 pages

Human Security

A Contested Contempt
ByTaylor Owen

chapter |9 pages

Critical Geopolitics and Security

BySimon Dalby

part |61 pages

New Security Subjects

chapter |11 pages

Biopolitics of Security

ByMichael Dillon

chapter |9 pages

Gendering Security

ByLaura J. Shepherd

chapter |9 pages


ByPinar Bilgin

chapter |10 pages

Security As Ethics

ByAnthony Burke

chapter |10 pages

Financial Security

ByMarieke de Goede

chapter |10 pages

Security and International Law

ByKristin Bergtora Sandvik

part |63 pages

New Security Objects

chapter |9 pages

Environmental Security

ByJon Barnett

chapter |12 pages

Food Security

BySteve Wiggins, Rachel Slater

chapter |10 pages

Energy Security

ByRoland Dannreuther

chapter |9 pages


ByMyriam Dunn Cavelty

chapter |10 pages

Pandemic Security

ByStefan Elbe

chapter |11 pages

Biosecurity and International Security Implications

ByFrida Kuhlau, John Hart

part |78 pages

New Security Practices

chapter |10 pages


ByMark B. Salter

chapter |11 pages

Urban Insecurity

ByDavid Murakami Wood

chapter |9 pages

Commercial Security Practices

ByAnna Leander

chapter |12 pages

Migration and Security

ByWilliam Walters

chapter |11 pages

Security Technologies

ByEmmanuel-Pierre Guittet, Julien Jeandesboz

chapter |13 pages

Designing Security

ByCynthia Weber, Mark Lacy

chapter |10 pages

New Mobile Crime

ByMonica den Boer